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Piazza Navona, built on the ashes of the Stadium of Domitian is certainly the most elegant and the most joyous Roman square, still today a meeting place for Romans and tourists who stay in the many outdoor cafes that surround it.
Used in antiquity for athletic contests and competitions of various kinds, now the square hosts every day street artists, painters and portraitists in a few minutes fail to capture the most characteristic features of the model.

The square's name was originally "in Agony" (from the greek agones, "games") because the stadium was used exclusively for athletics. The square, which was once hollow, was flooded usually in August to mitigate the heat, locking closures of the three fountains in order to flood the streets. Between 1810 and 1839 in this place were held racing jockey, horse racing that is fitted (but had no relationship with the most famous races of the barb of Via del Corso).

During the Christmas season the square is lit in many colors with lots of markets, stalls selling sweets, crafts and figurines for the nativity scene until the descent of the witch in the night between the 5th and 6th of January.

Piazza Navona is in a sense the pride of Baroque Rome, with architectural and sculptural elements such masters as Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Fountain of the Four Rivers in the center of the square, which is the Danube, the Ganges, the Nile and the Rio Plata, ie the four corners of the Earth), Francesco Borromini and Girolamo Rainaldi (the Church of St. Agnes in Agony, in front of the fountain by Bernini), and Pietro da Cortona (author of the frescoes of the gallery of the Palazzo Pamphili).
Piazza Navona has two additional fountains: Fontana del Moro, sculpted by Giacomo della Porta and retouched by Bernini and the Fountain of Neptune, fountain originally Calderari by Gregory Zappala and Antonio Della Bitta, in addition to the charming church of St. Agnes in Agony.


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